Tennessee, Virginia Tech set to play in 2016 at Bristol
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press.
The Associated Press
Call it football in the fast lane, though it has nothing to do with those up-tempo offenses.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an official announcement is still in the works.
The speedway holds 150,000. The NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football is 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.
Track officials have talked openly about trying to host a game at the speedway, and there has been speculation about a matchup between the Volunteers and Hokies for years. Bristol is about halfway between the two campuses on Interstate 81, 110 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tenn., and 125 miles southwest of Blacksburg, Va.
• Injured South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney was back at practice, though it was still unsure if he would play this weekend at Arkansas. Clowney has a strained muscle near his rib cage that he hurt last week. He pulled himself out of the Gamecocks’ 35-28 victory over Kentucky last Saturday night, saying shortly before kickoff that he was in too much pain.
Earlier Wednesday, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said he was hopeful that Clowney could return to the lineup when South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) takes on the Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2) on Saturday.
• Stanford coach David Shaw said he misspoke when detailing the nature of linebacker Shayne Skov’s knee injury while disputing Washington coach Steve Sarkisian’s allegations that the Cardinal faked injuries last Saturday. Shaw initially said Skov had an MRI exam on his surgically repaired left knee. But video shows Skov limping off the field in the fourth quarter clutching his right knee.
• Georgia-based agent Terry Watson was charged in Hillsborough, N.C., with violating the state’s sports-agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels players and obstruction of justice.
• The game between Air Force and San Diego State will be played on Thursday night despite the partial government shutdown.